Circle Jewelry Workshop {Get it FREE for a limited time!}

Circle Jewelry eWorkshop

I have a brand new eWorkshop!

The Circle Jewelry eWorkshop has three video tutorials and includes a PDF eBook with all the step-by-step instructions you need to make a necklace, earrings and a ring all from 18 gauge wire!

This technique is so much fun and addicting.  I tried it and made the three jewelry pieces and then knew I had to share it with you in this virtual workshop.

Circle Jewelry eWorkshop

Click here to learn more about the Circle Jewelry eWorkshop.

(And see my inspiration in this art journal post.)

Right now – for a limited time – you can get this eWorkshop free when you complete my 2016 Reader Survey.  (Sorry, it’s now over!  But you can purchase the Circle Jewelry eWorkshop for a great price!)

The survey is 14 questions and it will help me serve you better.  I really want to know what you think!

The survey will probably take you around 10 minutes or so.

Circle Jewelry eWorkshop

Click here to go to the survey and get the free eWorkshop:  Reader Survey (Sorry the survey is over now!)

After you complete the survey, you’ll be taken to a page where you can access the eWorkshop.

Thank you so much for your time and have fun creating circle jewelry!

Jewelry Making Tip: “Tuck In” Your Wire Ends

Jewelry Making Tip:  "Tuck In" Your Wire Ends

Today I have a quick tip (it’s not even 2 minutes long) for a professional finish.

Have you heard someone say “tuck in the end” and wondered what that meant?

If you are like me when I started working with wire, I thought they meant to actually somehow tuck that end back into the wraps.  It was frustrating.

But that wasn’t really what they meant.

This video will show you how to make sure your wire ends don’t poke out:

Jewelry Making Tip:  "Tuck In" Your Wire Ends

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ECT TV Episode 46: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

I love spirals and today we’re making a really cool but simple wire spiral pendant on ECT TV episode 46!

Watch the video tutorial here:

Symbolism in Spirals

I have been drawn to spirals for quite a while.  I use them quite often in jewelry designs.  In fact, I have done 10 free jewelry tutorials involving spirals on my blog.  (I linked them all below!)  They look cool, but they have a lot of meaning, too.

I always have thought about the meaning of spiral being that in your life you’ll come around to the same spot again (same situation, etc.) in your life, but the next time you have more understanding and be able to deal with that situation or use past information to handle the situation much better this time.

I did some research and found more symbolism for spirals.  Maybe you’ll find something that resonates with you in this list:

  • In spirituality, spirals symbolize the path leading from outer consciousness to inner.  (Ego to enlightenment.)
  • Spirals can represent the consciousness of nature beginning from the core or center and expanding out.
  • Spirals symbolize growth, evolution, coming back to the same point in your life but with new understanding.
  • Female energy and the womb.
  • Constant change.
  • Harmony, beginning, concentration and focus.
  • Journey, direction and progress.
  • Infinity.
  • In Celtic symbolism spirals play a huge role.  It usually symbolizes birth, development and expansion.

Whether you find symbolic meaning in spirals or if you just think they are a cool shape, you’re going to love this simple and fun tutorial!

Wire Spiral Pendant Tutorial in Step-by-Step Photos:

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Tools and Materials:

  • 16 gauge dead soft round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Hammer and steel block

Wire:  I used 16 gauge wire, but you can try larger and smaller gauge wire.  The larger the gauge the larger the pendant will be.  I wouldn’t recommend using smaller than 18 gauge wire though.

Hammers:  I used a chasing hammer (pictured above) to flatten the pendant.  If you would like the wire to keep it’s round shape, use a rawhide, nylon or plastic hammer to harden the wire without flattening it.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

For this pendant we’ll work from the coil, meaning do not cut the wire off the coil.

To start make sure you have a flush cut on the end.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Make a loop at the end of the wire.

Hold the wire with round nose pliers so the wire is at the top of the pliers but not poking through.  You should be able to run your finger over the top of the pliers.

Twist your wrist away from you and wrap the wire around the pliers.  Once you’ve gone as far as your wrist will allow, readjust the pliers, your wrist and the wire and complete the loop.

It will look like a “P.”

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

We’re going to spiral around that original loop.  To do that hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

 

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Push the wire up.  Then readjust the loop in the chain nose pliers and do it again.

Hint:

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

As you’re spiraling and moving the pliers, keep the pliers positioned close to the loose wire and just do the spiral a tiny bit at a time.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Continue to spiral until it’s the size you would like.  I made mine about the size of a quarter.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Cut the wire making sure you make a flush cut.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Make a loop just like you did to start the spiral.  Make sure you make it large enough to fit a chain or cord through.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Use your chain nose pliers to twist the loop so it’s perpendicular to the spiral (so it will hang correctly when you place it on a cord or chain.)

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Hold the pendant with the loop off the side of the steel block and hammer the pendant.  See note above about hammers.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

If you want, you can also hammer the loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Add your favorite chain or cord and wear your new pendant!

More Spiral Tutorials:

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

My new Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop.  These pendants are so pretty and fun to make that I’ve made several!  If you like today’s tutorial, you’ll love this eWorkshop.  Learn more about it here.

ECT TV Episode 41: Spiral and Bead Link Earrings

Adjustable Spiral and Bead Ring Video Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 34: Open Spiral Headpin

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Spiral Wire Ring Tutorial

Spiral Wire Ring Individual Jewelry Pattern

ECT TV Episode 21: Adjustable Spiral Ring

ECT TV Episode 12: Spiral Charm Pendant

Spiral and Dangle Earrings Tutorial

Spiral Earring Wires

Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings

Another pair of Spiral Earrings

Hopefully you’ll find something in that list you like!

Remember if you make this project, I’d love to see it!  Use the hashtag #ECTTV on Instagram.  (Follow me @KimberlieKohler) or post it on the Emerging Creatively Tutorials Facebook page

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Wire in Ring Making

Wire in Ring Making

I’m often asked about what wire to use for jewelry making projects.  The answer really depends on the project you’re making.

In this video I tell you about the main wire used for ring making.

Important things to remember:

1.  The wire you use will depend on the actual ring you’re making.  If you’re making a ring from a tutorial of mine, I will tell you what type of wire to use.

2.  If you are new to jewelry making or if you’re experimenting with a ring project, you probably want to use a less expensive wire to experiment with such as copper, brass or a plated copper wire.  You can find these wires in craft stores in the jewelry making section or even in hardware stores (for brass and copper.)

3.  The number for ring gauge is higher for thinner wires and lower for thicker wires.  So 18 gauge wire is thicker than 20 gauge wire.

4.  If you don’t have exactly the gauge of wire that is called for in a project, don’t be afraid to experiment with other gauges of wire.

Rings Every Day Month

Ready for a challenge?  Check out my Rings Every Day Month Challenge coming up in April!

ECT TV Episode 25: Quick and Simple {and elegant} Wire Earrings

ECT TV Episode 25:  Quick and Easy Earrings

Quick and Simple Hammered Wire Earrings

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

This week we’ll learn how to make a very quick and easy pair of earrings + we’re hammering!

Here’s the video episode:

In the video I mention Earrings eCourse

and Earrings Every Day Month.

Starts September 1st

They both start on September 1st.

To participate in Earrings Every Day Month, make a pair of earrings every day in the month of September!  You can sign up for a newsletter to get daily emails from me with earring inspiration!

In Earrings eCourse you get a new earring tutorial in your inbox every single morning.

So for Earrings Every Day, you get inspirational photos . . .

and

In Earrings eCourse you actually learn how to make the earrings.

Earrings eCourse is on early bird special discount now through Thursday only.  And it will only be available in September, so act now.

{If you enroll, you will have access to all the tutorials after September and forever.  I’m just only running Earrings eCourse with the daily emails in September and you can only get access now.}

To purchase Earrings eCourse – click here.  Scroll down to the big red arrow and click add to cart.

Quick and Simple Earrings Tutorial

Quick and Easy Hammered Earring Tutorial

Quick and Easy Hammered Earring Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

  • 2 Beads*  I used Mixed Gemstone Beads 8mm from Happy Mango Beads
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire (I used copper, but use whatever metal you like)
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Jewelry file (or a nail file works fine, too)
  • Chasing hammer and steel block or anvil

* About the beads for this project.  You can use any beads you like, but make sure the bore hole isn’t too big.  This might take a little experimentation if you’re trying different beads.

Also remember when choosing beads to not choose beads that are too heavy and pull down your ears.

Step #1

Quick and Simple Earrings

Cut 2 pieces of wire the same length.  I cut mine to 4″.  We’ll fold the wire in half, so in this case the earrings will hang about 2″ from my ears.  You might want to make yours shorter or longer.

Step #2

Quick and Simple Earrings

Make a flush cut on each end of each wire.  (Use the back of your wire cutters toward the work.)

Step #3

Quick and Simple Earrings

Hammer one end of each wire flat with your chasing hammer.  I hammered the bottom 1/2″.  You can make sure to only hammer the amount you want by just putting that amount on the steel block.  Alternatively, you could make a mark on the wire and then wipe it off when you’re done hammering.

You are hammering the wire flat and it will be wider, too.  That is what will keep the bead on the wire.

Quick and Simple Earrings

Step #4

Quick and Simple Earrings

Slide a bead on each wire.

If the bead slides off you need to either: 

  1. Hammer the end more to flatten it out more, or
  2. Use a bead with a smaller bore hole.

Sometimes this takes a little experimenting.

Step #5

Quick and Simple Earrings

I like to loosely find the middle of the wire.

Step #6

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

Bend the wire in half against chain nose pliers.

Step #7

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

Use your fingers to sort of curve out the wire.

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

Step #8

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

File the end that will go into your ears with a jewelry file or nail file.  I like to round the edges.

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

Quick and Easy Hammered Earring Tutorial

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